Key Messages

  • Most climate change models predict that extreme weather events are likely to become more common and more demand is being placed on scarce resources. We need to invest in improved water management, especially for poor households, to improve community resilience.
  • Harvesting water during periods of excess and storing it as an insurance against future shortages and is a cost-effective strategy for dealing with climate variability.
  • Protecting ecosystems such as mangrove swamps, forests and wetlands will bolster protection against climatic extremes.